2020 Return to Play Guidelines & Information

The Wait is Almost Over!

Dear Members,

The long wait is almost over! Netball commences this Saturday 25th July 2020. The 2020 Winter Competition will run for 10 weeks with the final round being played on Saturday 26th September 2020

Once published, the draw will be available on the MWNA website or via the MyNetball app.

There are a few things that will be different this year so please read carefully the following information.

Please remember that COVID-19 is still in our community. We trust that you will follow these guidelines to ensure that you and the rest of our community remain safe.

Note: Participation in competition is optional, and at the individual’s discretion. Coaches, Managers or other Team Members should not force an individual to attend, and no individual should be penalised for not attending a game.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support.
Beacon Hill Netball Committee

The following guidelines have been introduced for the 2020 Competition:

  • Players can only participate in one (1) competition game per day.

  • Unlimited Playing Up per player during the 10 week season (in accordance with 2020 Playing Up guidelines)

  • Clubs with teams in the same grade can interchange players. The player cannot play in both teams on the same day.

  • If sufficient numbers to field teams cannot be achieved, affected matches will be deemed a ‘draw’ rather than a ‘forfeit’.

  • Spectators are limited to two parents/carers per team to attend NSG, Junior & Cadets games, and NO spectators to attend Senior games.

  • One (1) match ball to be used for each game which needs to be sanitised prior to the commencement of the game, at the quarter breaks and at the end of the game.

  • Only one (1) person from the first Team on the draw will do the scoring this year.

  • An Attendance Record record will be taken on each day of play of all participants (including, players, umpires, non-playing staff, volunteers and spectators.

  • The names of borrowed players and umpires must be written on the score sheets by the Scorer.

  • The Control Room is only to be used by MWNA officials.

To minimise the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, the following rules must be adhered to. Attendance at the venue assumes your acceptance of the following rules:

Participants must NOT attend games, if:

Participants must:

  • use the correct hub entry and exit points as indicated on the venue’s Court Map.

  • arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the game commencing. Players and their nominated parent / carer are reminded to remain in their vehicle until at least 15 minutes prior to the start of play, ready to play. Training or warm-up outside of the 15 minutes arrival time prior to play cannot be facilitated.

  • sanitise at the hand stations upon entry and exit.

  • maintain a physical distance of 1.5m from other participants at all times except when playing. When not playing, players are expected to maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.

  • minimise any movement between hubs.

Participants are encouraged to:

  • download the COVIDSafe App.

  • adopt a ‘Get In, Play, Get Out’ approach.

  • minimise use of toilets. Public toilets may be used, but consideration should be made to use your toilet at home. Participants waiting for the use of the toilets should do so at a safe distance (1.5m) from other participants.

  • not utilise change rooms, come ready to play.

  • have their own drink bottle. Water Fountains should not be used.

The following are NOT Permitted:

  • Sharing of whistles

  • Sharing of fruit or lollies

  • Handshakes, high 5’s, fist pumps, huddles

  • Congregating at the venue for social events before, during or after games.

On 30th June 2020, the NSW Government enacted Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 (The PHO) to come into effect from 1st July 2020. The PHO directed that the organiser of a community sporting activity must ensure that gathering for the activity involved has no more than 500 participants, at any one time.

On the 14th July 2020, NSW Health granted an exemption from the PHO allowing MWNA to operate the 2020 Winter Competition under their proposed COVID Safety Plan and 4 hubs court plan accommodating a maximum of 500 participants in each hub.

Participants include:

  • A person engaged in the sporting activity
  • An official involved in the conduct or organisation of the sporting activity
  • A spectator of the sporting activity

In order to ensure compliance with the PHO exemption MWNA have:

  • Split the netball courts at John Fisher Park into separate discrete areas (known as hubs).
  • Ensured that each hub can accommodate no more than 500 people.
  • Erected a physical barrier to separate each hub/discrete group of people.
  • Limited the number of spectators allowed at the courts.
  • Limited the number of courts in use at any one time.
  • Allowed 30minute gaps between games to allow participants to get in/out.

The court hub layout below illustrates the 4 discrete hubs at John Fisher Park.

Each hub has its own separate entry/exit point. Entry points for Hub’s A, B, & C  are positioned along the open fence line along Abbott Road and Hub D’s entry point is located on the western most point of the grass courts (adjacent to Court 44).

These entry/exit points are identified with Yellow (entry) and Red (exit) arrows on the Court Hub Layout below.

Upon arrival at games, all players and their spectators are requested to remain in their vehicle until at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their game.

All participants must sanitise prior to entry. Hand sanitisation stations will be available at all entry points.

All participants must vacate the premises immediately following the completion of games.

Under the Public Health Act, physical distancing of 1.5m is mandated.

Spectators not from the same household must social distance on the sidelines of all games and in the congregation areas throughout the venue.

Your compliance with this will ensure your and everyone’s safety.

The Canteen, BBQ or Coffee Van will not be operating during the 2020 Winter season.

Physiotherapy/first aid services will be available at the games however priority will be given to those with injuries. Please note the following:

  • On arrival to the physio/medical room please be aware the wait could exceed the usual waiting time so only visit if it is a real necessity.

  • Players are encouraged to make alternative arrangements for preventative strapping.

  • No consultations of pre-existing injuries.

  • Tape is available for purchase via a cashless system.

  • Physiotherapists will collect athlete details prior to entering the room.

  • You will be temperature tested at the door.

  • One door to enter and exit.

  • Athletes will hand sanitise on arrival.

  • Adhere to safe distancing at all times in the line or in the room.

  • All ice bags will be individually packed and no other personal other than the physiotherapists are to hand out ice.

Come to the game already prepared to play. This may include strapping and stretching. Use your home bathroom before attending the game.

  • Each participant must bring along their own personal kit bag with the following personal items:

    • Hand sanitiser
    • Drink bottle – clearly labelled with name (No sharing of drink bottles is permitted)
    • Tissues & Zip lock bag to dispose of personal rubbish
    • Hand Towel (mandatory)
    • Sunscreen
    • Nail clippers
    • Bandaids
    • Asthma medication (if required)
    • Bring your own recovery food (if required).  This is not to be supplied by the team.
  • Hand sanitise before, at intervals and after the game.

  • Place all bags and personal items 1.5m apart and not piled together with other team members’ belongings.

  • Leave the venue as quickly as possible once the game has concluded using the hub exit.

  • Wash your uniform after each game.


Note: One parent/carer spectator may attend NetSetGo, Junior & Cadet games.

  • Spectators are only able to observe one player per time slot. Spectators cannot move from one hub to another in one time slot.

  • Be prepared to register their name with team personnel.

  • Spectators from different games and time slots must not commingle.

  • Leave the venue as quickly as possible once the game has concluded using the hub exit.

  • Do not bring your dogs to Netball.

Come to the game already prepared to officiate.

  • Go directly to your allocated court – there is NO Umpires Check In.

  • Do not touch players hands when checking nails.
  • No sharing of whistles or towels.

  • No sharing of umpire bibs or white t-shirts.

  • Should an umpire be approached regarding a suspected COVID-19 participant, refer to the MWNA COVID-19 Safety CoOrdinator who is located at the COVID-19 marquee (see court hub map).

Covid-19 Safety Coordinator: Deb Harris  bhillnetball@gmail.com 0420 758 498


To further aid the fight against COVID-19, BHN supports the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe App and strongly encourages all members of the netball community to get behind this initiative. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.